The Hartford Athletic Inaugural season begins on Saturday night when they take on Atlanta United 2 in Kennesaw, GA. Here's what you need to know:
HARTFORD ATHLETIC vs ATL UTD 2
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, GA
Local TV: None
Hartford Athletic took 3 of 4 preseason friendly matches, defeating New York Red Bulls 2 2-0, Orlando City B 2-1, Eastern Florida State College 2-1, and falling to Miami FC 3-2. Alex Dixon scored 3 of Athletic’s 8 goals, Wojciech Wójcik and Jose Angulo each scored twice, and Sebastian Dalgaard also found the back of the net. Read more about Athletic's preseason here.
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING:
Hear what the players have to say about the first ever match in Hartford Athletic history!
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Hartford Athletic - Jose Angulo F
Angulo enters the season with 60 career goals in the USL, trailing only Dane Kelly of Indy Eleven. Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen has called Angulo "one of the best finishers he has ever seen." Angulo is laser-focused after an injury riddled 2018 season where he made only 4 appearances for OKC Energy FC.
Atlanta United 2 - Dylan Castanheira GK
A former standout at Columbia University, Dylan Castanheira broke the Ivy League’s single-season record for goals-against average in his senior season (0.513) and was named the conference’s Defender of the Year. Castanheira was invited to the MLS Combine this past January and while he was selected by FC Dallas in the Fourth Round of the MLS SuperDraft, the 6-foot-2 goalkeeper elected to join the professional ranks with ATL UTD 2, signing a deal that will likely make him the club’s first choice between the sticks this season.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
Atlanta United 2 returns 8 players from a challenging 2018 season. ATL UTD 2 finished the season with a record of 7-17-10, coming in 14th in the Eastern Conference. They had greater success in home contests where they played to a record of 5-5-7 as opposed to 2-12-3 on the road. The top 3 scorers from last season, Jon Gallagher, Lagos Kunga, and Romario Williams, have all been promoted to Atlanta United’s first team.
Updates on the match will be provided via Twitter at @hfdathletic or by following #ATLvHFD